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How is imperialism depicted in Cranford and in which chapters?

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Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell , is set in an English village ostensibly far away from anywhere. It is especially interesting to note, then, that even in remote Cranford, the effects of the expanding British Empire can be seen, suggesting that its impact was far-reaching across the whole of Britain. At the beginning of the novel (Chapter 1) Gaskell jokes that the village is made up of "Amazons," with the absent men attached to their "regiments" or "ships." In the 1850s, these regiments would have been stationed in far-off corners of the Empire, and the ships heading East....

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